When All Else Fails! Enforcement of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act: A Self Help Manual for Local Emergency Planning Committees   [open pdf - 5MB]

"Does your emergency plan address the key preparedness problems in your area? Do your first responders know what chemical hazards they face when arriving at the scene of an emergency? Has missing information limited your emergency preparedness? Have all affected facilities reported? What steps are you planning to take in the future to improve emergency preparedness? What can you do to ensure that facilities are complying with the law? During the next few years, many Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) will look to improve the quality of their communities' chemical emergency response plans and to reduce chemical risks. One of the most significant ways to improve overall planning is to ensure that all the , - facilities have reported and, where appropriate, are participating in the emergency planning process. Only then can the local community completely understand and prepare for potential chemical accidents. The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act ..... (EPCRA or SARA Title III) grants specific state and local authority to request information from facilities and to take enforcement actions in those situations where voluntary compliance has not occurred. This pamphlet contains information on these authorities and provides tips to help LEPCs ensure that facilities covered by SARA Title III are complying with the law. The material presented outlines the enforcement authorities granted to citizens, local governments, States, and EPA."

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